Budgets for the state's public universities, including Kansas University, would be cut 1.5 percent for each of the next two fiscal years under a deal approved by Republican budget leaders on Tuesday.
The proposal represented the first perceptible movement toward ending the wrap-up legislative session that started May 8 after a monthlong break.
Negotiations also began on proposed tax changes, although not much headway was made on that issue.
Gov. Sam Brownback met early Tuesday with GOP leaders. Speaking briefly to reporters, Brownback said it was time for the Legislature to finish its business.