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Here's What Missourians Will Be Able To Buy Tax-Free Next Weekend
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 27, 2019 - Missouri's 2019 Tax-Free Weekend runs through Friday, August 2 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, August 4 at 11:59 pm. During this time, you'll save the Missouri state sales tax of 4.225% - which is perfect timing for back-to-school shopping.

Offers.com created this guide so Missouri consumers know exactly what's tax-free: offers.com

What's included in Missouri Tax-Free Weekend?

The following will be free of sales tax during tax-free weekend:

  • Clothing priced at $100 or less per item
  • School supplies priced at $50 or less per item: Includes textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, graphing calculators, chalk, maps, and globes.
  • Computer software priced at $350 or less per item
  • Graphing calculators priced at less than $150
  • Computers and computer-peripheral devices priced under $1,500 per item: Laptops, desktops and tablets are included, so this is a good opportunity to get a discount on these pricier items.
Note that there are multiple items that may seem to fit in these categories that are NOT included in Missouri's tax-free weekend. Some non-qualified items include watches, radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment. See a Full List

Missouri tax-free weekend FAQs

  • Does Missouri tax-free weekend include online purchases?
  • Yes, as long as you buy the item during the sales tax holiday and complete the transaction.
  • Does Missouri back-to-school tax-free weekend include layaway items?
  • Items placed on layaway during the sales-tax holiday qualified for waived taxes.
  • Missouri tax-free shopping guidelines
The most important thing to remember is that some cities and counties have opted out of participating.

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Bayer Expansion in Creve Coeur to Bring 500 New Jobs to Missouri
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 27, 2019 - Governor Mike Parson has announced that Bayer's North American Crop Science Division is relocating 500 new, high-paying jobs to Creve Coeur, Missouri, with an average wage of $110,000 and a capital investment of $164 million.

The announcement comes after Governor Parson's first European Trade Mission, where he traveled internationally to highlight Missouri as an ideal location for business and encourage new investment in the state. The trade mission included a stop in Germany to meet with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann.

Bayer is one of Missouri's top 30 private sector employers with a strong connection to the state's agriculture industry.

"We are honored that a global company like Bayer has chosen to grow its presence here in our state," Governor Parson said. "As you know, agriculture plays a critical role in our economy, and Bayer's investment will only enhance Missouri's strengths in the agricultural technology sector. We look forward to working together as we continue to grow and expand the industry."

"We are proud to call Missouri home to our Global Headquarters for seeds and traits and the North American Crop Science Commercial Headquarters," said Lisa Safarian, President, Commercial Operations North America at Bayer. "Governor Parson has been an important advocate for Bayer and the entire business community in Missouri, and I am honored to join him in marking this important day."

"Our talented workforce across Missouri, and especially in the St. Louis region, is a vital asset in our ability to develop and deliver new tools and innovations to farmers," Safarian continued. "At Bayer, we are delighted to offer these highly skilled, good jobs in the St. Louis region that will continue to positively shape agriculture in our state, region, and world."

"This monumental investment in our state signifies Bayer's confidence in Missouri as a solid place to do business, specifically related to ag-tech, by bringing in hundreds of high-wage jobs, which will stimulate our economy, benefit Missourians, and ultimately enrich the state's already thriving ag-tech climate," Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said.

A global leader in the ag-tech sector, Missouri's $88 billion agriculture industry employs more than 378,000 workers statewide, all utilizing the state's crop and livestock diversity, abundant water supply, rich soil, and cutting-edge animal health and plant science clusters to propel the industry forward.

"Today is a win for St. Louis on multiple fronts and underscores our goal of meaningful collaboration to help drive substantial regional development. Bayer's successful efforts to secure a significant local employment base for their company centers their corporate banner squarely in St. Louis and will have a remarkable impact on the region," AllianceSTL President and CEO Steve Johnson said.

Chairman and President of Ameren Missouri Michael Moehn expressed similar sentiments, stating that the announcement is "another positive signal to companies looking to locate or expand in the communities served by Ameren Missouri that our state is a great place to do business."

"We remain focused on attracting new jobs and investment to our state by helping our customers with energy incentives and innovative solutions to meet their business needs," Moehn continued, adding that he's "thrilled Bayer has committed to expand its workforce and operations in Missouri and further bolster St. Louis as a world-class hub for biotech innovation."

"Bayer's investment here is a testament to St. Louis County's talented workforce and our status as the global epicenter of plant science and agriculture technology. We are excited and proud that a company with Bayer's international standing is making a new commitment to our region," St. Louis County Executive Sam Page said.

"We congratulate Bayer in this announcement and look forward to many years of success," Interim CEO and President of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Rodney Crim said. "The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is pleased Bayer has recognized the long-term benefits of the robust St. Louis business community."


Metro Transit Announces New Missouri MetroBus Service Plan
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 27, 2019 - Metro Transit has announced the new MetroBus Service Plan which will impact every bus route in the City of St. Louis and in St. Louis County.

The new MetroBus Service Plan, which will be implemented on September 30, is the culmination of the 2-year Metro Reimagined project. The new MetroBus Service Plan will provide customers in Missouri with more frequent service, improved weekend service and more convenient options for getting around town.

"More than two years ago, we recognized that we needed to make significant changes to the MetroBus system to better meet the mobility needs of our riders. In response, we launched Metro Reimagined, an in-depth look at our transit system, to identify the enhancements we needed to make," said Jessica Mefford-Miller, Executive Director of Metro Transit. "This has been a customer-focused approach from day one, and the new service plan we are launching in September will deliver the service our customers need - today and into the future."

Research, customer engagement and community outreach identified faster, more direct trips and more frequent service as high priorities that bus riders want from their transit service. Through the newly finalized Metro Reimagined service plan, Metro Transit is increasing the frequency of most MetroBus routes. Ten routes, which carry nearly half of current MetroBus customers in Missouri, are offering service every 15 minutes or faster on weekdays. In comparison, the MetroBus system currently only has one bus route that offers that 15-minute frequency. In addition, the new service plan includes 35 MetroBus routes that will offer 30-minute frequencies, instead of the 40-minute or 60-minute service many routes operate on today.

Weekend service is also being improved through the Metro Reimagined plan. Nearly all MetroBus routes will have Sunday service, including many routes that currently do not operate on Sundays. Service levels will also be consistent on Saturdays and Sundays. This improved service provides better options and more reliability for customers over the entire weekend.

Under the new finalized Metro Reimagined plan, MetroBus routes are organized into four categories:

  • Frequent: 10 high-frequency routes offering service every 15 minutes or faster
  • Local: 35 MetroBus routes offering service every 30 minutes
  • Community: 6 routes providing important connections in low-ridership areas
  • Express: 6 routes providing direct connections with limited stops to key destinations
Specific details about the new plan, including new route maps, schedules and route information, are available at metrostlouis.org/reimagined. Customers may also contact Metro Transit Information for details or for assistance planning their new commute. Metro Transit Information is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. by phone at 314-231-2345 or by text at 314-207-9786.

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