It always is interesting to see how the "elite" media also seems to produce the most number of economic fallacies, and a trip to the New York Times, and especially its editorial page, never disappoints. In this editorial, we find that laws that force up the price of labor create wealth.
I would suggest you try this at home. If you get two bids for work and you are assured that the quality of work would be the same, take the higher bid because the higher costs will create more wealth. Yeah, you will be using more resources, economically speaking, to do what could have been done with fewer resources, but who are we to argue with the brilliant minds at the NYT?