St. Louis Alderman Antonio French says the money was supposed to fund additional officers on the street, and $1 million each year was to be set aside for anti-violence and youth programs.
The raises will go to almost 1,700 employees at the Department of Revenue and another 56 at the Criminal Justice Information Authority.
Two of the area’s largest political jurisdictions put a bow on their 2012 budgets this week.
State workers say workplace environment is bad.
Quinn’s surprise announcement came on the day workers were to get 2 percent increases.