The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 Wednesday to adopt a rule that would require many public companies to list their chief executives' total annual compensation as a ratio to their workers' median pay. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Phillip Underwood and Michelle Sheridan and their children, Logan and Lilliana, gather in their living room in Frederick, Md., after a long day of work and school. The couple had delayed marriage, in part for financial reasons. James Clark/NPR hide caption

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