Fed's Kashkari says needs to see faster wage and price growth

Feb 5 (Reuters) - Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari, who voted against the Fed's interest-rate hikes last year, said on Monday he needs more convincing that wages and prices are on the rise before he would support further monetary policy tightening.

"I need to see the data," Kashkari said in an interview on Bloomberg Television, downplaying Friday's report that hourly wages rose 2.9 percent in January. "I want to see inflation climb back to our 2-percent target, I want to see wages climb." A steepening yield curve, he said, is good news and leaves more scope for the Fed to raise rates if needed, he added. (Reporting by Ann Saphir; Editing by James Dalgleish)