HARRISBURG – With budget hearings over, PA lawmakers have until June 30 to pass a balanced budget. Public education relies mostly on state funding and with a state budget deficit looming this year, how the money is spent becomes especially critical. Chester County Sen. Andy Dinniman, Democrat Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, hopes more money is invested in the classroom and less on testing. Dinniman said the cost of testing is over $1 billion. He added that taxpayers have made it clear that they do not want any tax increases and the only way to do it is to have a very austere budget which is what will occur.