The surprise is not that the minimum wage for state workers in North Carolina is increasing to $15 per hour, rather that the Republican legislature overrode a Democratic gubernatorial veto to make it happen. The generally-reliable red state of North Carolina seemed to flip roles recently when democratic Governor Roy Cooper vetoed an Omnibus Spending bill that contained the $15 minimum wage for state workers and in response, the overwhelmingly republican legislature overrode the veto and made the increase law. Cooper had pushed a number of salary increases for state workers, but did not advocate any increases to their legal minimum wage. The republican legislative leadership defended the minimum wage hike by pointing out that it was not being mandated on private employers.