Technically, the Fight for $15 began at the start of this decade with President Obama pushing an increase in the federal minimum wage in his 2010 State of the Union address, but the effort continues at full speed in state houses and town halls across the country. In North Dakota, advocates are planning to put an initiative on the November ballot to increase the state minimum to $15/hour. Given that it is one of the least populous states in the nation, the threshold for succeeding in that effort is very low with only 13,000 signatures required to secure a ballot spot. Some on the St. Paul, Minnesota City Council are looking to slow the roll of a $15/hour effort and refine any local wage mandate. At a recent informational council meeting on the proposal, some councilors asked for delays to study the impact the mandate could have on small businesses, which are very concerned. New Mayor Melvin Carter campaigned hard on the issue and St. Paul twin city Minneapolis added the $15 minimum last year. On the flip side, the legislatures in both West Virginia and Wisconsin are advancing legislation that would preempt local governments from adopting their own minimum wage of paid leave or employment law mandates. In West Virginia, where state teachers just concluded a five-day strike over compensation issues, a bill passed the senate that would prohibit local governments from enacting ordinances relating employee wages, benefits or scheduling. It is now pending in the House. Similarly, a preemption bill in Wisconsin, that would also limit local action on wages, benefits and schedules, has recently passed by the House and then cleared its first committee hurdle in the state senate. Still a long way to go, but could the tide be turning?